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Transcribed and submitted to TheShipsList by Robert Janmaat, Adelaide, from a variety of sources, cited below.
Return to SA Passenger Lists,1847-1886 see also SA German Lists

ship Kirkham, 1,072 tons, Captain R.B. Macfarlane, from London 11th July 1873, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 11th October 1873

The South Australian Register, Monday 13 October 1873 p. 4


ARRIVED. Saturday October 11— KIRKHAM, ship, 1,072 tons, R. B. Macfarlane, master, from London July 11. J. Stilling and Co., agents.
Passengers — Pat., Brady, Thos. Cody, James Coogan, John and Mary Comerford, James Duggan, Peter, Mary, Nicholas, Emma, Peter, Matthew, Agnes, and John Ferguson, George Higgs, Wm. and Sarah Leech, John and Edward Leighton, David Lindsay, Matthew Lynch, George Morrison, Josh. O'Neil, Mary Reilley, Bridget and Ann Smith, John Travers, Carl Thormhalen, and Ed. Plunkett in the steerage.

. . . . — 4th ship from England to S.A. with government passengers for 1873 ; —0— births and —-3— deaths on the passage ; —?, surgeon-superintendent.
The Passenger List indicates the class of Emigrants, so in the list below, I have combined those lists, but have made notations alongside the family name, thus, CPCH = Colonial Passage Certificate Holders ; CFPCH = Colonial Full Paid Passage Holders ; UKA = United Kingdom Assisted Passage regulation ; UKFPPR = United Kingdom Full Paid Passage regulation ; FP = Free Passage. — Robert

KIRKHAM, from London — 816 pieces forge trucks, 184 truck wheels, 13 oven doors,12 sack moulds, 22 pairs railway wheels and axles, 40 carriage springs, 4 break-van springs,10 pieces of iron, 10 iron carriage under-frames,  10 iron bogie frames, 1 wood van under frame, 1 steam hammer, 1 anvil block, 1 sole plate, 1,868 do. 2 cases leather, 34 cases matches, 4 do. pianos, cases, 4,390 deals, 10 cases tartaric acid, 1 do.. bolts, 10 do. chicory, 7 do. glass, 8 half-bales, 432 bales, 30 pkgs., 7 do. glass, 32 barrels, 9. bales Paper, 10 cases and 2 bottles acids, 5 cases cocoa, 32 do, galvanized iron, 50 casks currants,216 casks, 101 qr.-casks, 431 casks bottled beer,121 do whiting, 12 tierces, 14 matted pkgs., 1cask scales, 50 do sugar, 12 do. glass, 2 do. hardware, 793 bars, 270 bdls. iron, 5 hhds oil, 333 bdls., 84 do. steel, 2 bdls. forks, 63 do. spades,. 145 kegs, 10 pigs lead, 14 crates crockery, 426 kegs nails, 2 sample pkgs., 16 pairs bellows, 39 ingots tin, 503 boxes, 62 crates, 134 pots, 27 boilers, 35 bdls. baskets, 43 do. tubes, 61 grindstones, 36 qr.-casks rum, 50 drum., 400 shooks, 704 camp-ovens and 520 covers, 1 case toys, 6 gratings, 1 case clocks, 6 do. earthenware, 32hhds., 60 bags, 12 trunks, 10 cases  hardware, 6 truck wheels, 6 pig troughs, 3 Cases lamps, 1 puncheon, 33 pairs            cart-arms and boxes, 48 axle arms, 8 cases wine, 60 pipes, 25 packets taps, 816 pipe boxes, 120 axle arms, 50 casks vinegar, 144 tanks Malt,  2do Rice, 30 tons Coal, 4 tanks
...20 Lincoln rams and two ewes which have recently arrived in this colony, per ship Kirkham, and are now to be seen at the Moorak Stud Farm. Before being last shorn in England the sheep ..


The Kirkham was sighted from the Stations on Saturday at sundown, and made short work of reaching the roads, where she was boarded and the pilot took her to an anchorage. The vessel has brought a few assisted immigrants, amongst whom there were three deaths during the voyage ; but on arrival the passengers were in good health. Captain McFarlane reports that on Friday, July 11, the ship was hauled out of dock and towed to the buoys at Gravesend, where her crew was completed. On Saturday, off Deal, the river pilot left and the channel pilot took charge. Under all plain sail the ship proceeded on her voyage. On the third day out some defective cases of acids, which formed part of the deck gear, were found to be leaking and were pitched overboard. Next day in a heavy gale so much water broke on board that it was found absolutely necessary to clear away all the acids on deck. On Monday, July 14, the craft was off St. Catherine's Light ; on Tuesday she sighted Portland, and at 4.15 discharged the pilot off Exmouth.  On Friday the 18th, she sighted the Wolf Rock Lighthouse, and quitted the land. On the following day she was in company with the ship Aliquis, from the Gulf of Bothnia for Port Adelaide. On July 24, in lat. 41° 3' N., long. 12° 42' W., she spoke the ship Strathnavar, from London, 11 days out, bound to Sydney. On August 6 the craft sighted the Cape de Verde islands, and moderate breezes prevailed for awhile. The north-east trades were scarcely perceptible, and on August 18 the ship crossed the line in 20° 42' W. Light airs and variables were prominent till she reached lat. 27° 31' S., in long. 25° 58' W., when a fresh gale was encountered, and next day, although it moderated, the mainroyalmast was carried away. The trip from the Cape was favourable until after the passing of the Leuwin, when north and north-east winds were experienced. The ship anchored outside on Saturday night, and as she had over 19 feet draught, some few days will elapse before she gets into harbour.

GRG 35/48/2 Crown lands and Immigrant ships papers
Surgeon Superintendent report.
" Deaths on the voyage"
Name Age Date of Death Cause of Death Where buried
Leach, Betsy 5 September 29th, 1873 unknown  
Leach, John 7 October 4th, 1873 unknown  
Leach, Edmund 2 October 9th, 1873 unknown  
Surgeon Superintendent Report "Births on Board"
Name of Mother   Date of Birth Sex of Infant  
    No records found    

note: where maiden name of wife is indicated, it has been included in the given name column within ( ) ; the passenger list comprises three sections arranged alphabetically, i families, ii single men, iii single women & children ; transcriber notes

Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
Steerage - Families
UKAP Ferguson Peter 33 Labourer 493/1   Bishop Wearmouth, Durham born Scotland
    Mary Ann (Gunn) 32         born Scotland
    Nicholas White 14         born Scotland
    Emma Bones 12         born Scotland
    Peter 10          
    Matthew 8          
    Agnes 5          
    John 1          
UKAP Leach William 26 Rope Maker -   Rochdale, Lancashire  
    Sarah (Fielding) 26          
    John Robert 7         died at sea, Oct. 4th
    Betsy 5         died at sea, Sept. 29th
    Edmund 2         died at sea, Oct. 9th
Names Age Occupation B-index BMD Residence Remarks
  Last Given
Single Men
CPCH Brody Patrick 23 Labourer 180/1      
UKAP Cody Thomas 23 Labourer 293/2      
UKAP Coogan James 22 Labourer        
UKAP Comerford John 22 Labourer        
CPCH Duggan James 32 Labourer 435/1      
CPCH Higgs George 26 Agr. Labourer 735/3      
CPCH Leighton John 18 Labourer     Woodford, Essex  
CPCH Leighton Edward 14 Labourer      
CPCH Lindsay David 23 Coachbuilder   M?    
CPCH Lynch Matthew 25 Labourer        
CPCH Morrison George 14 Drover 1136/2? M? Dumbarton  
CPCH Plunkett Edward 24 Labourer 1291/3      
CPCH Travers John 32 Carpenter        
Single Women & children
CPCH Reilly Mary 20 Domestic Servant        
CPCH Smith Ann 16 Domestic Servant        
UKAP Comerford Mary 18 Servant        

Sources: State Library South Australia, official passenger lists, mainly of immigrants arriving in South Australia under United Kingdom assisted passage schemes, 1847-1886 GRG 35/48a (formerly ACC 313); Sydney Shipping Gazette; South Australian Register; The South Australian Government Gazette; GRG 35/48/2 Crown lands and Immigrant ships papers; Biographical index SA 1836-1885 (the B-index column indicates individuals who may be found in that index, with corresponding reference ; FreeBMD ; UK census'

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